Forthcoming events – British Pugwash https://britishpugwash.org Tue, 01 Dec 2020 10:39:17 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.3 https://britishpugwash.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/bpico.png Forthcoming events – British Pugwash https://britishpugwash.org 32 32 146896316 Call for presentations: Pugwash Peace Workshops – SYP UK 2021 https://britishpugwash.org/call-for-presentations-syp-uk-annual-conference-2021/ Tue, 01 Dec 2020 09:22:51 +0000 https://britishpugwash.org/?p=6349 In March 2021, SYP UK will hold a series of online workshops to explore challenges and opportunities relating to international co-operation, arms control and peace.

In the spirit of our ‘in person’ Annual Conferences (here), we hope to bring together a selection of presentations from students, young researchers, practitioners and experts from across the UK and world.…

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In March 2021, SYP UK will hold a series of online workshops to explore challenges and opportunities relating to international co-operation, arms control and peace.

In the spirit of our ‘in person’ Annual Conferences (here), we hope to bring together a selection of presentations from students, young researchers, practitioners and experts from across the UK and world.

Workshops themes:

  • Post-Trump arms control and disarmament
  • Russia and the West: Opportunities for co-operation?
  • Climate change and security
  • Steps to peace in the Middle East

Could you give a presentation?

We are looking for short presentations on any topic within any of the above themes. We hope to stimulate discussion, particularly around positive proposals in advance of arms control, disarmament and peace.

To submit a proposal, send a short abstract plus your name and affiliation here

International participation

The themes of this series have been developed with colleagues from International SYP (here). We both welcome and expect there to be a number of participants from International Pugwash groups.

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The challenge of UK radioactive waste disposal (15th Dec) – Post-AGM talk https://britishpugwash.org/the-challenge-of-uk-radioactive-waste-disposal-15th-dec-post-agm-talk/ Thu, 26 Nov 2020 11:18:35 +0000 https://britishpugwash.org/?p=6305 Ian Crossland's faceThis talk will cover the history, science and ethics of radioactive waste management in the UK. Our guest speaker is Dr Ian Crossland, a specialist with more than 50 years’ experience of the nuclear industry (here).…

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Ian Crossland's faceThis talk will cover the history, science and ethics of radioactive waste management in the UK. Our guest speaker is Dr Ian Crossland, a specialist with more than 50 years’ experience of the nuclear industry (here).

Date / Time: Tues 15th Dec, 17:30 – 19:00 GMT
Register: Sign-up through Zoom

 

The UK has a small mountain of radioactive waste that is stored at many locations around the country. This is the legacy of almost 100 years’ exploitation of nuclear technology in research, medicine, weapons and electricity production.

Some of this waste will remain dangerous for millennia. Even if we were to stop producing it, the legacy of past years would still need to be safely managed to prevent its being a danger to the public. 

But what to do? Do we continue to store it and, by so doing, pass on the burden of care to future generations? Or do we seek a permanent solution and thereby honour both intergenerational equity and the “polluter pays” maxim?

The talk outlines the fundamental science that underpins geological disposal, the development, over the past half-century, of UK radioactive waste management policy, the several failed attempts to implement geological disposal, and the current campaign to find and implement a permanent solution.

 


 

British Pugwash Group’s Annual General Meeting will be held earlier on 15th December, at 14:00.

For the Zoom link and papers, contact office@britishpugwash.org

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Festival of Ethical Science – Register today! https://britishpugwash.org/ethicalscience/ Tue, 20 Oct 2020 11:19:02 +0000 https://britishpugwash.org/?p=6097 Student/Young Pugwash (SYP) UK is hosting its first festival.

A series of events throughout November on ethical and political challenges in 21st Century science & technology.

Register today!

The line-up includes:

  • Wed 4th – Ethics & Digital Technologies – w/ Julia Slupska (Digital Ethics Lab, here) and Dr Kanta Dihal (here) – 17:00 UK
  • Sat 7th – Transition Now – Technology & the Climate Emergency (Partner event – Hosted by SGR) – 14:00 UK
  • Mon 9th – Ethics in Open Source Research – w/ Adina Pintilie (Ridgeway Information, here) – 17:00 UK
  • Tues 17th – Codes for Coders: Killer robots, ethics and the law – w/ Taniel Yusef (WILPF UK, here) – 18:00 UK
  • Tues 24th – Science and Indigenous Peoples – w/ Hilding Neilson and Riley Taitingfong (led by Oxford SYP ) – 18:00 UK

For event login details, materials and updates:

Register for the Festival today!

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Student/Young Pugwash (SYP) UK is hosting its first festival.

A series of events throughout November on ethical and political challenges in 21st Century science & technology.

Register today!

The line-up includes:

  • Wed 4th – Ethics & Digital Technologies – w/ Julia Slupska (Digital Ethics Lab, here) and Dr Kanta Dihal (here) – 17:00 UK
  • Sat 7th – Transition Now – Technology & the Climate Emergency (Partner event – Hosted by SGR) – 14:00 UK
  • Mon 9th – Ethics in Open Source Research – w/ Adina Pintilie (Ridgeway Information, here) – 17:00 UK
  • Tues 17th – Codes for Coders: Killer robots, ethics and the law – w/ Taniel Yusef (WILPF UK, here) – 18:00 UK
  • Tues 24th – Science and Indigenous Peoples – w/ Hilding Neilson and Riley Taitingfong (led by Oxford SYP ) – 18:00 UK

For event login details, materials and updates:

Register for the Festival today!

digital city, held by man

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VIDEO: China’s nuclear weapons – Policies, arms control and engagement https://britishpugwash.org/webinar-chinas-nuclear-weapons-policies-arms-control-and-engagement/ Thu, 08 Oct 2020 08:25:42 +0000 https://britishpugwash.org/?p=6059 On 16th October 2020, a Student/Young Pugwash UK webinar hosted Dr Tong Zhao, a senior fellow in the Nuclear Policy Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, based at the Carnegie–Tsinghua Center for Global Policy in Beijing.

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On 16th October 2020, a Student/Young Pugwash UK webinar hosted Dr Tong Zhao, a senior fellow in the Nuclear Policy Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, based at the Carnegie–Tsinghua Center for Global Policy in Beijing.
His research focuses on strategic security issues, including arms control, missile defence, hypersonic weapons, and regional nuclear crises.
The webinar covered China’s nuclear weapons policies, approach to arms control and opportunities for the West to engage. It was chaired by Orlanda Gill, an MA student at King’s College London.

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• This is the fourth in a series of webinars on technology and global politics, hosted by Student/Young Pugwash (SYP) UK. For more on SYP UK, visit here
• For more on Dr Tong Zhao, visit:
https://carnegieendowment.org/experts/989

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Video: Post-Covid multilateral cooperation – a chance to achieve a nuclear-weapons-free world? https://britishpugwash.org/video-post-covid-multilateral-cooperation-a-chance-to-achieve-a-nuclear-weapons-free-world/ Thu, 10 Sep 2020 13:16:48 +0000 https://britishpugwash.org/?p=5993 On 8th September 2020 and to mark the International Day Against Nuclear Testing, SOAS University and the UK Embassy of Kazakhstan hosted a webinar on titled, “Post-COVID Multilateral Cooperation – A Chance To Achieve A Nuclear-Weapons-Free World?”…

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On 8th September 2020 and to mark the International Day Against Nuclear Testing, SOAS University and the UK Embassy of Kazakhstan hosted a webinar on titled, “Post-COVID Multilateral Cooperation – A Chance To Achieve A Nuclear-Weapons-Free World?”

Video here

  • Yerzhan Ashikbayev, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan
  • Peter Jenkins CMG, Chairman, British Pugwash Group
  • Vladimir Shkolnik, Chairman, Pugwash Committee of Kazakhstan
  • Lassina Zerbo, Executive Secretary, Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization
  • Aidan Liddle, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom to the
    Conference on Disarmament in Geneva
  • Lord Hannay of Chiswick, Co-Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Global Security and Non-Proliferation
  • Dr Kate Hudson, General Secretary, Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament
  • Cardinal Peter Turkson, Prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Developmen

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Call for presentations – Ethical Science festival, November 2020 https://britishpugwash.org/call-for-presentations-ethical-science-festival/ Wed, 09 Sep 2020 13:50:17 +0000 https://britishpugwash.org/?p=5983 In November, Student/Young Pugwash (SYP) UK is hosting a ‘Festival of Ethical Science‘. This will be a series of webinars and discussions on the ethical implications of science and technology – and we want your views!…

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In November, Student/Young Pugwash (SYP) UK is hosting a ‘Festival of Ethical Science‘. This will be a series of webinars and discussions on the ethical implications of science and technology – and we want your views!

Could you give a presentation for 5 to 15 minutes? Anything on your mind?

We are seeking proposals for presentations on the theme of Ethical Science, including but not limited to:

* Can STEM be ethical? What are the social responsibilities of scientists? Should science be political?
* Responsible Research and Innovation
* Ethical issues in war, e.g. nuclear weapons, the defence industry
* Social and ethical issues with digital technologies
* Should there be a ‘Hippocratic Oath’ for scientists?
* What new technologies should we be worried about?

Presenters can come from all disciplines and all educational levels. To make a proposal, please complete this form

DEADLINE IS: 30th September 2020

If you would like to discuss your idea before submitting, please email syp@britishpugwash.org

For inspiration, the multimedia from SYP’s last Conference on Ethical Science can be found here: https://britishpugwash.org/multimedia-available-ethical-science-nottingham-university-23rd-october-2019/

and a blog post discussing the conference is available here: https://muircheartblog.wpcomstaging.com/2019/10/28/some-down-to-earth-blue-sky-thinking/

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